Live Nation’s US arm has announced it will require artists, crew members and attendees at their events to show evidence they’ve either been fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test at all of their events from Monday, 4th October.
As Rolling Stone reports, all Live Nation employees will also be required to be vaccinated by that date to attend the company’s venues or events or its offices.
The announcement comes after Lollapalooza in Chicago – a Live Nation event – ran a few weeks ago, with festivalgoers required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test for entry.
It was later confirmed that there was no evidence the festival was a “super spreader” event, and over 90% of attendees were vaccinated. Furthermore, a spokesperson told NBC News that 12% of attendees said going to the festival was their reason for getting vaccinated.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said, “Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows… as of October 4th we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the US.”
Live Nation’s decision also comes after promoter AEG last week announced all of their gigs from October onwards would require full vaccination for entry.
Music Feeds has reached out to Live Nation Australia for clarification around whether a similar policy will be put in place for Australian events once gigs are able to take place here again, and will update this article when we know more.